As the national body in charge of the general development and organisation of netball throughout the country, Netball New Zealand has a proud tradition of encouraging participation at all levels of the game.
In 2013, netball is the leading women’s sport in New Zealand and continues to grow from strength to strength both at grassroots and elite level, highlighted by the sporting excellence of the Silver Ferns.
In a team sport played predominantly by females from primary school age and onwards, it’s also enjoyed by boys and men in increasing numbers.
After securing a New Zealand broadcast deal with SKY Sport, fans can watch elite netball from March right through to November each year.
From the electrifying ANZ Championship which opens the netball season, through the Constellation Cup, College Netball and New World Netball Series against Malawi, the season continues until the exciting Fast 5 Netball World Series in Auckland in November.
Netball New Zealand has recently restructured and works with five Netball Zones throughout the country to administer, promote and develop the game at both an elite and community level.
These include Netball Northern incorporating the Auckland region up to the top of the North Island, Netball Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Netball Central which covers the lower half of the North Island including Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Manawatu and Wellington.
The South Island is split into two Zones. Covering the upper half of the South Island including Christchurch is Netball Mainland, with Netball South covering the lower end of the country incorporating Otago and Southland.
As the largest participation sport in Secondary Schools across New Zealand, netball is enjoying a growth phase which shows no sign of slowing down.
There are more than 143,000 registered members throughout the country and a further 80,000 people playing in social competitions for over 1000 clubs in 87 Centres nationwide.
Operations and Governance
Netball New Zealand work takes place in three key units:
The Netball New Zealand Board is made up of four appointed and three elected members, as well as NNZ Chief Executive, Raelene Castle.
Six advisory groups report to the Board:
Administration, High Performance, Media & Communications, Marketing, Operations and Netball Development.
Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand are key partners working with NNZ to develop the High Performance netball programme. Together, the results have been outstanding.
The goal now is to prepare and focus on the 2013 international season and beyond - winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014 and the Netball World Championship a year later in Sydney.
Netball is a sport which provides pathways for players, coaches, umpires, officials and administrators and is made possible through the dedicated efforts of its network of volunteers up and down the country.
Netball New Zealand also works with a number of important sponsors and funders including New World – elite sponsors of the Silver Ferns. With their backing year after year, the future of netball in New Zealand is secure. The sport also enjoys extraordinary media coverage not seen in any other country in the world with netball broadcast LIVE on television throughout New Zealand on SKY Sport with free-to-air coverage on Prime, live broadcasts on Radio Sport and unprecedented coverage online and in print.
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Netball New Zealand Staff
Raelene Castle - Chief Executive (pictured, left)
Beth Robinson - Executive Services Manager
Jennie Wyllie - Finance Director
Claire van der Heijden - Senior Accountant
Natalie McGaw - Accounts Assistant
Kerry Manders - Media & Communications Director
Alexandra Spence - Media & Communications Manager
Kim Taylor - Publicity Manager
Rachel Barr - Marketing & Events Director
Chris Tennant - Event Manager
Sara Farr - Event Manager
Hayley Smith - Event Administrator
Kate Agnew - Operations Director/ WNS Tournament Director
Courtney Macdonald - WNS Event Coordinator
Sian Clancy - NetballSmart Coordinator
Jenifer Hunt - Commercial & Sponsorship Director
Anna Mardon - Marketing and Sponsorship Executive
Briar Martindale - Pacific Partnership & Oceania Manager
Laura Menzies - Community Netball Director
Marcia Bennett - Community Netball Administrator
Dianne McTigue - Umpire Development Manager
Nicola Jones - Junior Development Manager
Adrienne Morrin - National Community Coach Manager
Robin Manihera - Zone 1
Lindsay Filiata - Zone 3
Noeline Scott - Zone 5
Waimarama Taumaunu - Silver Ferns Coach
Lynette Grace - High Performance Director
Megan Crockett - National Player Development Manager
Esther Molloy - Silver Ferns Operations Manager
Rebecca Gray - National Squads Coordinator
Netball is part of New Zealand’s national identity: relevant and accessible to all, and providing a social and competitive choice.